As the weather begins to warm up (fingers crossed!), now’s the time to start brainstorming easy makeovers and DIY projects for the backyard. Armed with a bit of creativity and elbow grease, you can turn your property into an outdoor oasis.
If you’re excited by the idea of baking your own made-to-order margarita ‘za in the comfort of your backyard (and really, who isn’t?), building a DIY pizza oven is in order.
Putting up a stunning pergola may seem a bit too advanced for those of us who don’t hold a carpentry ticket. But before you despair, visit your local hardware store – there are DIY kits and special brackets designed to make it totally doable.
All the Trimmings
If painting the exterior of the entire house feels like a bigger project than you’re prepared to take on, you can still make a stylish statement by giving the trim and outdoor details a refresh. With just a couple coats of fade-resisting BEHR MARQUEE® Exterior Paint & Primer in BEHR Ultra Pure White on the rails and BEHR Rainy Season MQ5-27 on the siding, this outdoor sanctuary feels instantly lighter and brighter.
Planting an herb wall not only adds greenery to a back patio, it also gives you access to fresh flavours for summertime meals (oh hello, burrata, tomato and basil salad!). And if you don’t have a green thumb, there’s nothing stopping you from installing faux herbs instead.
When searching for ways to revamp a tired patio space with paint, look down. Brushing a fun paint colour onto wooden patio floor tiles or stencilling a geometric pattern onto a cement slab are just two ways brighten up a backyard.
When you don’t want those long summer days to end, a firepit keeps the party going. Whether you choose a ready-to-use bowl or make your own custom pit with stacked pavers or granite boulders, make sure the seating is at a safe distance.
Light Up Your Life
We all know lighting is key to creating the perfect atmosphere indoors. Well, the same rules apply outdoors. Having a mix of permanent, wired lighting and more movable string lights and seasonal lanterns will give it just the right glow.
All Feet on Deck
When looking for a quick backyard refresh idea, restaining a deck or patio packs a serious backyard-design punch. Look for a deck stain that’s designed to stand up against the elements, such as BEHR PREMIUM® Solid Colour Waterproofing Stain & Sealer in Redwood Naturaltone, which will protect your wood deck for up to 10 years.
Hot Tub Time Machine
As ’90s fashions make a comeback (hello, belly tops and bucket hats!), we’re also seeing the resurrection of an iconic backyard staple from the same era – the aboveground hot tub.
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Moment of Zen
Let’s be honest, we could all use a little more tranquility in our lives these days. So why not create a special spot in your own back yard where the trickling sounds of a water could foster that sense of peace?